||The OCRA method allows the management of biomechanical overload risk of the upper limbs at 360 degrees, in compliance with international standards. The course is directed to different professional figures (also not expert in ergonomics) like company technicians, occupational medical doctors, occupational physiotherapist, security technicians, etc.
||The pure theoretical part lasts about 4 hours. Considering that the course includes exercises, it is possible to estimate a duration from 8 to 16 hours according to the learning level and the learner's skills on the use of Excel spreadsheets.
|Analysis of Training Needs
This first course in English is dedicated to the study of the work related biomechanical overload of upper limbs, that represents the first professional risk in the world and that is consequently the cause of the most numerous work-related diseases. this basic course will deal only with “OCRA checklist Method”
The OCRA METHOD is the most complete and effective method to evaluate the upper limbs biomechanical overload. For this reason it is considered in the ISO Standards, the «PREFERRED» one.
At the moment there are no final tests for learning verification. This item makes part of a future plan (not yet available).
According to this plan, in the future, with an additional cost the students who, after the course, will want to get a diploma from the EPMIES school, related to the OCRA checklist course, will have to perform a theoretical-practical test, sent by the school: once the minimum pre-defined score has been reached, they will receive the diploma.
The main aim of the course is to transmit the necessary knowledge:
- to apply the up to date European (CEN) and international (ISO) standards concerned;
- to determine quickly what proportion of tasks can be classified as green (no risk), yellow (significant or borderline risk), red (medium risk) or purple (high risk);
- to produce an initial map of the risk related to repetitive work;
- to determine priorities for ergonomic improvement;
- to reintegrate workers with musculoskeletal diseases;
- to discuss the presence or absence of causal links between the level of risk exposure and musculoskeletal disorders for occupational diseases reporting;
- to predict the probability of getting musculoskeletal occupational diseases of the upper limbs (UL_WMSDs);
application examples are presented making use of spreadsheets in Excel, prepared by EPMIES, which can be downloaded for free by the EPMIES web site (www.epmresearch.org).
The course is divided in different chapters, each dedicated to different risk factors and / or calculation procedures making part of the checklist OCRA method.
The different chapters are separated and may be accessed from the index of the course
1 GENERAL INTRODUCTION (23 min)
2 STUDY OF WORK ORGANISATION, MAIN DEFINITION (27 min)
3 FREQUENCY (44 min)
4 FORCE (22 min)
5 AWKWARD POSTURES (32 min)
6 ADDITIONAL RISK FACTORS (8 min)
7 FINAL RISK (17 min)
8 MULTITASK ANALYSIS (9 min)
9 MAPPING THE RISK (25 min)
Improve knowledge part (under construction, not yet available):at an additional cost
a IMPROVE THE KNOWLEDGE of TECHNICAL ACTIONS
b-IMPROVE THE KNOWLEDGE OF OCRA CHECKLIST APPLICATION THROUGH 12 TRAINING EXERCISES WITH SOLUTIONS
Test (under construction not yet available): at an additional cost
COMPUTERIZED TEST FOR OBTAINING THE EPMIES SCHOOL DIPLOMA ON THE CHECKLIST OCRA COURSE
1 SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS AND / OR MANUALS AVAILABLE TO DEEPEN THE METHOD: COLOMBINI D, OCCHIPINTI E, “Risk analysis and management of repetitive actions: a guide for the OCRA system (Occupational repetitive actions)” CRC Press Taylor & Francis, 2016
2 FREE SOFTWARE IN EXCEL (available and freely downloadable from www.epmresearch.org
ERGOepmENchecklistOCRAauto( ), ERGOepmENchecklistOCRAautoAPrecLONG( ), ERGOepmCHECKlistOCRAmultitaskSIMPLE.EN ( ERGOepmCHECKlistOCRAmultitaskSIMPLE.EN ( )
3 MORE EFFICIENT INFORMATIC SUPPORTS. The authors of the method collaborate, with LEMA INFORMATICS, toward the development and updating of the PETRA software. PETRA offers tools for evaluating all the biomechanical overload: OCRA method, NIOSH for MMH, TRANSPORT,PUSH AND PULL, MAPO (for patient handling). www.petrasoftware.it/
||See Learning verification above
Availability of the course course: 2 months from the date of purchase)
HOW TO FOLLOW THE COURSE:
- we recommend, possibly, to use a computer with two screens or a computer and a laptop
- on the first screen you may follow the online course, on the other you may make the exercises proposed during the course
- the necessary software, in excel, may be freely downloaded from the website: www.epmreaserch.org
- follow the various chapters in the given order: the first time it is obligatory
- do not jump to next chapter without completing the previous one
- do all the exercises in the course and verify the results
|Provides practical tests
|Provides final tests
Daniela Colombini, author, jointly with Enrico Occhipinti, of the OCRA method.
Occupational medical doctor, epidemiologist and European ergonomist, ISO member.
Daniela Colombini is President of EPM association (Ergonomics of Posture and Movements), that is dealing since more than 30 years with prevention and management of work related biomechanical overload risks.
EPM-IES (see complete presentation in annex) and its Associates, produced, produces and offers residential and on-line courses, to cover the above topics, in various languages..